As reported by Education Technology, a network of 20 schools and colleges across the UK who will drive the Edtech Demonstrator Programme and demonstrate best practice in the use of classroom technology have been announced by the Department for Education (DfE)
Announced last year to accelerate peer-to-peer support for effective edtech use, the programme has since been adapted to support the provision of remote education, with programme expansion scheduled for the coming weeks.
On top of providing professional development, the programme will target schools and colleges that are most in need of support, including those trying to get to grips with new solutions and devices, as well as those with the most disadvantaged learners.
“I’ve always recognised the potential new technology has as part of a blended learning approach to enhance learning and build links between home and school – it’s been central to the success of King Ecgbert School since I was appointed in 2016,” said Paul Haigh, headteacher of the school. “When we had to close due to COVID-19 on Friday 20 March, we reopened the following Monday as a virtual school using technology most schools can already access. We are proud to be asked to support other schools with capitalising on education technology to minimise the loss of learning at this difficult time.”
The DfE – alongside delivery partners LGfL, Sheffield Hallam University and The Education Foundation – has identified 20 education providers who have proven their excellence in their ability to use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and have demonstrated their willingness to help other institutions in their utilisation of classroom tech.
To see the full list of schools and colleges click here.